ATK 2018 Highlights
Assistive Technology for Kansans
ATK Serves Kansans - Coordinated at the University of Kansas
Program Impact in 2018
1,652 Kansans with disabilities and chronic health conditions and/or service providers received more than 3,356 Assistive Technology (AT) Services provided by ATK staff.
Specific Kansas Populations Receiving AT Services:
• 98 Infants and toddlers with disabilities and their family members
• 179 Adults with disabilities who were retraining or obtaining part-time employment
• 82 Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities
• 1,175 Seniors needing services to stay in their homes and/or to be active in their community
• 1,977 Kansans received hands-on training on use and maintenance of an AT device
Assistive Technology for Kansans receives $408,621 of federal funds. These funds provide operational expenses to each of the five regional AT Access Sites, a toll-free telephone number that allows customers to easily reach their regional site and equipment loan program, and support for statewide and regional AT training.
Statewide Assistive Technology (AT) Program Serves Kansans in all 105 counties
- Customers include seniors, infants and toddlers, students, working age adults, farmers with disabilities, active duty soldiers and veterans with disabilities, individuals with vision and hearing loss, and other persons with disabilities and chronic health conditions.
- Comprehensive AT services include product information, equipment loan, device demonstration, device reuse/recycle, assessment, funding assistance, and training.
- ATK provides technology solutions in the areas of vision, hearing, speech communications, learning, cognition, mobility, seating, daily living, environmental adaptations, vehicle modifications, computer and related technology, recreation and sports adaptations.
- 24 staff associated with ATK have expertise and certifications in a broad range of assistive technology categories including speech language pathology, special education, certified assistive technology practitioner, deaf/blind technology, computer technology and programming, early childhood education, and construction management.
- Nationally recognized AT program provides support and technical assistance to other states.
- 5 Assistive Technology Access Sites: Topeka, Salina, Wichita, Oakley, and Parsons with an affiliate office in Garden City.
Assistive Technology for Kansans ...connects people with disabilities and health conditions of all ages with the assistive technology they need to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently.
A young boy with cerebral palsy wanted a better way to keep up with friends on the playground. Possibilities were explored, demonstrated, and a short-term loan arranged. That loaner wheelchair worked for him perfectly after the Spider Man wheel covers were added for the “cool factor.” ATK staff worked with the family to raise the funds to cover remaining costs.
A teenager, ready to transition from high school to the community, needed a “new to him” wheel- chair to accommodate the mounting system for his communication device. ATK-KEE Reuse was able to deliver a tilt-in-space manual wheelchair the very next week.
A man needed help raising funds to repair his van lift. ATK staff worked with two nonprofit foundations to cover the costs. He told ATK,
“You can’t understand what this means to me. My life just opens up again.”
Because of increasing vision loss, a man needed technology to access the internet, pay bills, and stay in touch with family. ATK staff demonstrated a variety of devices. He chose an iPad Pro tablet with wi-fi booster to support rural access and ATK staff obtained funds for the equipment.
High Impact Training: ATK and Kansas Rehabilitation Services sponsored a multi- regional training. Outcomes of this training have been increased referrals to the AT Program, increased acquisition of technology for VR customers, and stronger relationships.